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Villagers of Denkyira-Boase and Diaso in the Upper Denkyira West District in the Central Region of Ghana have fled the town after lynching a Military Officer.
The military officer identified as Maxwell Mahama is a staff of the Ghana Armed Forces with the 5th Infantry Battalion (5BN) at Burma Camp in Accra.
Captain Maxwell Mahama was the commanding officer of a troupe on detachment duties at Denkyira Boase in the Upper Denkyira West District.
The late Mahama was on Monday lynched by residents of Diaso while jogging along the main road at the instruction of the Assemblyman of the area.
He was mistaken for a robber when he stopped to ask some women on the road for direction. According to reports, the women upon seeing a pistol on the officer who was not uniformed, called their Assemblyman who hastily organized some youth of the town for the mobbing.
Known for their mob actions, the residents blamed their action on a recent spate of armed robbery in the area.
Reports has it that several pleas by the Soldier to follow him to his base to ascertain his true status to the effect that he was not a criminal yielded no result as the irate residents pelted him with harmful objects till he felt unconscious and nefariously setting his corpse ablaze.
“He was found dead along the road by his subordinates when they went searching for him several hours after he left for jogging,” Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana Armed Forces said.
Realizing their folly, the towns of Denkyira-Boase and Diaso have literally become ghost towns as the youth have fled for fear of being arrested.
According to Col. E. Aggrey-Quashie, Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana Armed Forces, a high-powered fact-finding team led by the Chief of Army Staff is on the scene of the incident to ascertain the facts of the case.
He called on the on troops on the ground to remain peaceful and urged residents to cooperate with the fact-finding team to unravel those behind the barbaric act but was quick to warn residents not to do anything to provoke the troop as they grieved.
“It is sad and we will not keep quiet over it. How can they kill our Commander for no offence, we will storm the town, and nobody will be spared,” a senior officer spoke on condition of anonymity.
But scores of Ghanaians are calling for the immediate arrest and execution of the Assemblyman on social media.
Kinsmen of the late Maxwell Mahama and aggrieved residents of Bole in the Northern Region are readying to hit the streets in protest to demand justice for Captain Maxwell Mahama who until his death was awaiting his elevation to the rank of Major.
Source: Charles McCarthy||Radiogold905